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Happy holidays from BCATPR


BC health IT is getting a management overhaul

The BC government is changing the way the ministry and health authorities handle health technology projects. They were recently criticized for IT mismanagement, after a number of projects ran into delays, significant over-spending, and products that did not deliver on promised features. They are examining and revising current projects and their approach to future projects in health IT. 


Training physicians for a future in telemedicine

Medical education must ensure physicians are adequately trained to use telemedicine to benefit and not harm patients, discusses an article in JAMA's Viewpoint. For example, physicians must be comfortable with conducting virtual, rather than face-to-face visits, and with evaluating the quality of ever-evolving technologies. The article discusses some of the promises and pitfalls of telemedicine and their implications for medical education.


Competition paves way for home diagnostics

Qualcomm Tricoder XPRIZE is hosting a $10-million competition to develop a diagnostic tool that consumers can use at home. The winning team will have developed a device that most accurately captures and diagnoses 12 diseases, including anemia, atrial fibrillation and COPD. The competition is down to seven finalists and results are slated for early 2017. Read more about this and the future potential of home diagnostic tools here.


Making the Internet of Things a reality

MIT Fluid Interfaces Lab, Reality Editor

Despite promises to make lives easier, a recent article in The Atlantic argues that the Internet of Things cannot succeed outside of an open, non-proprietary framework.

In an effort to get generic devices talking, the MIT Fluid Interfaces Lab developed the Reality Editor. It aims to connect all objects in our lives via adhesive codes that can be used to attach separate functionalities to physical objects.